All White Ribbon workshops are conducted after a safe space is created for participants and after the acknowledgment that gender-based violence affects everyone, including male-identified individuals, but that women and girls (including transgender women and girls) are disproportionately and severely impacted by men’s violence. Participants are encouraged to share their views, experiences, and insights on gender-based violence, with the goal of promoting positive roles for male-identified individuals to end gender-based violence.
Building Ally-ship Together With Women and Girls to End Gender-Based Violence
1 hour- 1.5 hours (starting at $250)
This one-hour introductory workshop is designed to foster understanding about the root causes of gender-based violence (gender norms and expectations) and ways male-identified individuals can prevent it. This workshop explores the history and work of White Ribbon and introduces approaches to building ally-ship: understanding emotions, healthy masculinities, identifying one’s power and privilege, consent, ways to intervene when violence occurs, and how to be a positive role model to other male-identified youth/adults.
Building Ally-ship and Unpacking “Bro-Culture”
2.5 hours (starting at $350)
This workshop contains all the elements from Option 1. Additionally, participants will be engaged in questioning systems of violence (white male privilege, rape culture and ‘bro’ culture) present within traditional and social media, and explore ways to promote gender equality and healthy masculinities. Through guided discussions and activities, participants will identify ways of challenging toxic masculinity and of promoting healthy relationships as well as a positive sense of self.
Building Ally-ship through Consent Culture and Effective Bystander Intervention 2.5 hours (starting at $350)
This workshop builds the capacity of participants to grow consent culture in their communities and effectively speak out when they see or hear violence. Through guided discussions and activities, participants will identify ways of challenging toxic masculinity and of promoting healthy relationships as well as a positive sense of self. Through guided role play, participants will develop the skills they need to begin to have courageous but challenging conversations.
Building Ally-ship and Exploring My Own Role and Commitment to Ending Gender-Based Violence
4 hours (starting at $500)
This workshop contains all the elements from Options 1-3 and builds participants’ capacity to be agents of change within themselves and their communities, using a variety of experiential learning techniques to improve communication, through increased emotional intelligence. Participants will have the opportunity to practice skills in supporting survivors, challenging unequal gender norms, fostering empathy, listening actively and promoting consent.
Building Ally-ship through Storytelling and Action Planning
6.5 hours plus breaks (starting at $750)
This full-day workshop contains all of the elements from Options 1-4, and builds the capacity of participants to be agents of change within themselves and their communities by engaging in action planning aimed at preventing gender-based violence. Specifically, participants will be guided through a process of brainstorming and then prioritizing initiatives into a concrete action plan. This workshop also gives participants the opportunity to explore and tell their own story of how they think about gender, and connect with participants to support each other in expanding their ideas. In-depth action planning is facilitated to guide community-based organizations, professionals in their advocacy.
What our community partners are saying about us:
White Ribbon facilitated a workshop with students, and educators at St. Michael’s College School. After becoming familiar with White Ribbon and its mission, we believed it was an ideal fit for our all-male high school environment. In subsequent years, St. Michael’s has worked with White Ribbon’s passionate and knowledgeable facilitators to develop resources and train faculty to deliver workshops focused on consent, hyper-masculinity, healthy gender norms, and emotional intelligence. The resources and support provided by White Ribbon have allowed our faculty to develop a school-wide programme known as the St. Michael’s Man Initiative. The Initiative involves workshops across all grade levels and an integrated mentorship programme facilitated by senior students. The initiative at St. Michael’s continues to develop and we are so grateful to the White Ribbon for providing us with the tools necessary to engage our students in such important and relevant conversations.
- Kristy Onyeaju, Educator, St. Michael’s College School
Facilitators from White Ribbon came to our Grade 12 Equity and Social Justice class in the fall of 2017, and ran a very organized, personal, and engaging workshop with my class of 31 students. Jarvis is a very diverse school with many complex gender identities. White Ribbon facilitators were sensitive, without holding back on key messages, including the impact of toxic masculinity on all gender identities, as well as ways that we can all be a part of the solution to ending gender-based violence. I would be very happy to have them facilitate again.
-Cindy Watson, B.A, B.Ed.,M.S.W., Educator, Jarvis C.I.
White Ribbon facilitated Building Ally-Ship and Unpacking “Bro-Culture” workshop with us. It was a very interactive session that led to great discussion. It started the conversation about what we as student leaders can do on our campus to prevent gender based violence, and allowed us to create realistic goals on how get there.
- Jacob Chevrier, Georgian College